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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

On Why We Should Say No to a Fourth Rezoning Proposal at 105 Keefer

I was on the air on Monday night (January 9) with Melody Ma of Save Chinatown YVR talking to host Kirk Lapointe about the fourth rezoning proposal made for 105 Keefer in Chinatown and why it should be turned down again. Went to the Open House down at the Chinese Cultural Centre last night and was heartened to see the large number of people and the energy there, especially the passion of the younger generations who came out to show their opposition to the proposal!

The Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver, representing a broad array of Chinatown associations, again opposed any rezoning at 105 Keefer above 9 stories (the rezoning proposal from Beedie is for 12 stories).

See the Save Chinatown YVR discussion of the rezoning proposal at:

Listen to the interview:

Kirk has led Canadian broadcast, print and media organizations (as Senior Vice President of CTV News, Editor-in-Chief and General Manager of Southam News, and Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Hamilton Spectator), managed newsrooms (Managing Editor of The Vancouver Sun, General News Editor and Ottawa Bureau Chief of The Canadian Press), helped launch media (Host of CBC Newsworld and Executive Editor of National Post), and reported for The Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. He is a former BC ombudsman, Canadian Editor for Billboard Magazine and station manager of CKLN Ryerson. He ran for Mayor of Vancouver in 2014. Kirk is the VP Audience and Business Development at Business in Vancouver Media Group; Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence at the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC, where he teaches ethics and leadership; and Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen, the worldwide body for media standards leaders. Kirk is a runner, goaltender, golfer, boxer and girls’ softball coach. He contributes time to initiatives to improve literacy and cancer research. He is married to Mary Lynn Young. They have three children.
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